Gardens' Greetings

February 2023

Half Way there!

It is hard to believe but we are just over halfway through the year. We will soon be celebrating the 100th day of school on February 15th.

Report cards will be published to Power School on Feb. 7th. Please log in and view. It is so important that you remain informed about your child. If you have any difficulty logging in or if you need support, please call the Main Office and we will be more than happy to assist you.

During these colder months, remember to dress your child for colder weather. Our intention is to go outside as much as possible. Days under 32 degrees (with wind chill) or inclement weather days will keep us inside during lunch, snack or PE.

Some exciting dates for your students in February:

2/6-Souper Bowl Can Collection Begins

2/10-Wear the colors of the team you hope to win in the Superbowl

2/13-Moody Monday-dress for your mood

2/14-Happy Valentine's Day-wear red or pink

2/15-100th Day-Dress 100

2/16-Bring your favorite teddy bear to school

2/17-Presidential Day-how would you dress if you were President?

2/21-Snuggle up with a good book-Readathon kickoff-wear PJ's and bring your favorite book

2/24-Spirit Day

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Bradley Gardens Faculty Lounge Wishlist

Thank you for any and all donations.

~Students of the Month~

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Water is Wonderful in So Many Ways

As a school nurse, I see firsthand the effects of dehydration on our students. The concept of

drinking water is a simple one but an invaluable one too. Many of us do not associate cold

weather with dehydration but it is a significant health concern. Being active in cold weather is

healthy, but sweat evaporates more quickly which can increase the chance of developing

dehydration. Children also suffer from colds, flu and other viruses that deplete the body’s fluid supply.

On that note, I would like to talk about the importance of drinking water and its effects on your children. Children are likely to become dehydrated quicker than adults. Children do not often recognize that they are thirsty; they may confuse thirst with hunger. It is important for parents and caregivers to monitor the amount of water that a child consumes each day. Children under the age of 8 should have 4-6 glasses of water per day, and children older than 8 should drink 6-8 glasses per day.

Here are some signs of dehydration:

  • Headaches
  • Poor concentration
  • Thirst
  • Cracked lips
  • Dry mouth
  • Constipation
  • Lethargy
  • Dark urine

Here are some tips to help your children stay hydrated:

  • Pack a water bottle for school and when you are going out.
  • Encourage your child to drink water before and after physical activity.
  • Always offer water with snacks and meals.
  • Encourage your children to drink water even if they don’t like the taste. (Try adding fruit
    slices or a small amount of fruit juice to improve the taste).

The best way that you can encourage your child to drink water is to be a role model! So please make it a point to drink water with your child. It will create a “win-win” situation for everyone! I am always encouraging our students to drink more water- just ask them!

Bradley Gardens Health Office- A SCHOOL NURSE IN THE KNOW!

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The Counselor's Corner by Ms. Arora

The beginning of this year brought on many wonderful resolutions from our students. In addition to academic goals, many Bradley students resolve to make our environment a priority. As a result, our 4th grade cabinet has been working diligently to create our Kindness for Our Community Campaign. These 4th grade students will host a gently used toy drive ‘n swap in February.

For this drive:

  • You may bring in more than 1 toy

  • If possible, label your child’s name on each toy (with a post it or tape that can easily be removed)

  • Some toys will be donated to BRRSD students in need. Therefore, for the swap portion of the drive, your child may only receive 1 toy

  • Please understand that your child might not like toys available for the swap and therefore you would only be donating

Important Dates:

  • February 1- February 10: bring in your gently used toys
  • February 13: Toy Swap begins

Education Foundation Fundraiser & Dinner

As you may have heard by now, the Education Foundation of Bridgewater-Raritan will be the host of a fundraising/awareness raising event regarding the upcoming Referendum vote for the Bridgewater-Raritan community on Friday, February 24, at the Somerville Elks Lodge in Bridgewater.

Here is a link to the Eventbrite page for tickets:

In addition, we have many wonderful sponsorship opportunities available:

Sponsor An Evening Out for Education – Education Foundation of Bridgewater-Raritan (